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Australian miners could seek strike negotiations

Australian coal miners have voted in favour of going on strike in protest at work conditions.

03 June 2011

Strikes seem inevitable in Australia as workers in coal mines have voted in favour of industrial action.

The decision, which is sure to bring about some union bargaining, will see the world's largest mining company BHP Billiton suffer as a result.

This is because the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is set to be affected if the 4,000 members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union's (CFMEU's) mining and energy division choose to down tools.

"BMA is continuing to meet with unions to complete negotiations around the remaining points of a new agreement," a BHP Billiton spokeswoman observed.

She added that as progress is being made, the decision to take industrial action is "premature".

If the employees do decide to go to the picket line, it could have a negative effect on the country's economy.

It comes after the CFMEU announced that construction workers are to retain full redundancy provisions.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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